Everybody loves a little competition. If I had my way, RIM would still be making competitive devices and Windows Phone 7 would be more developed. I have used Blackberry, Android and iOS extensively and after a few months with each end up wanting something different. My second cell phone was a Nokia 3310 and back then, Nokia was the real deal. Can the Lumia 900 rekindle their past as king of the mobile phones?
The once dominant Nokia has had some successes as of late. For example, The Lumia 900 is at the top of the Amazon best seller list above the Nexus and Razr Maxx. Hopefully this will bring more attention to the WP7 platform from developers, hardware manufacturers and most importantly, consumers.
Competition is a good thing, it drives innovation and keeps prices more competitive. As much as Google and Apple have dominated the market, I think there’s a chance for other platforms in the future. If Microsoft can launch it’s tablet OS successfully and attract developers, they may have a fair fight in the mobile battle. Gartner recently predicted that Microsoft will fail with their tablet OS (at least for consumers), but we’ll see. Let’s not forget that Windows Mobile was one of the most advanced mobile platforms before iOS and Android came along, the future is hard to predict with technology as we know.
I’m not sure this Lumia will solve all of Nokia’s problems but it’s certainly a key milestone for them as well as the WP7 platform as a whole. In the meantime, if you’re due for an upgrade, on AT&T and want to try something new, you can go pick one up for free.
The US Government has come to an agreement with major US carriers to establish a cross-organizational database to keep tabs devices that have been lost or stolen. When a customer reports a lost or stolen device, the carriers will update the database and effectively flag that handset. If and when somebody tries to activate a blacklisted device, the carriers will deny voice or data activation. The goal is to dramatically reduce the value of these black market devices and make it harder for thieves to resell them. For some time, Sprint & Verizon have made the effort to share flagged device information but AT&T and Deutch Telecom AG’s T-Mobile USA haven’t. This initiative will tie all their information together for the first time.
I read about this and wondered how big of a deal mobile phone theft is – apparently it’s a problem for many law enforcement agencies. Used iPhones go for several hundred dollars and it’s one of the fastest growing crimes nationwide.
In New York there were more than 26,000 incidents of electronics theft in the first 10 months of 2011—81% involving mobile phones—according to an internal police-department document reported by the New York Daily News.
So far a plan has been agreed to but the project hasn’t been implemented yet. Within 6 months, individual carriers are expected to have their databases ready to share with complete integration within the next year after that. There may be challenges integrating CDMA and GSM standards but we’ll see how the timeline holds.
Considering most people have small amounts of cash on them but expensive smartphones, thieves are stealing electronics more than cash states the WSJ report. With these shared databases and easy to use applications like Find my iPhone, it’s bad news for phone thieves!